As the Christian Moerlein Lager House prepares to celebrate its birthday, people in Cincinnati are asking what's next for the Banks project.
CINCINNATI - Christian Moerlein Lager House is celebrating its success just days before its one-year anniversary.
"I'm so happy that Cincinnati finally got something on this side of the river and this is where we live and we've got this place," said restaurant patron Ron Christner.
Many people who helped bring Christian Moerlein to the riverfront hope that same excitement will extend to future endeavors associated with The Banks project.
Cincinnati City Council member Cecil Thomas believes further growth for The Banks is on its way both physically and economically.
"What you want is a city that's clean, safe and inviting, and that's what we're about," said Thomas.
Thomas said there's plenty more to develop along the riverfront and to the south end of the project near Paul Brown Stadium.
Even people associated with the Lager House are excited for further development even if it does mean more competition.
"[It'd be] competition, but it's healthy competition," said Robert Gannaway, general manager of the bar and restaurant.
In order to make expansion and option, the city is going to have to find new tenants.
"There's going to be a lot of excitement brought into the summer," Thomas said. "I think you're really going to be impressed with what we're trying to do with our city."
Thomas told 9 On Your Side reporter Amy Wadas that he can't say what those plans are just yet but says the people of Cincinnati should be excited to see the area continue to grow.